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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve :)








I love this picture of the girls. It was a Christmas Eve picture. DH's tradition is to open gifts on Christmas Eve, then Santa comes in the morning. We always did everything on Christmas morning. Anyway! We do DH's tradition. The doll was a gift Emily had opened that night and she brought her to bed with her.

They looked so sweet when I checked on them that night and went to get my camera. Decided I needed something to stand on to get a better angle and grabbed one of their tiny old metal folding chairs that went with an old metal Mickey table and chairs set. OMG! I almost fell right on top of them trying to balance on that tiny chair :)

3ScrappyBoys December add-on kit for the bingo card and wings. The wooden bird was covered in Peridot embossing powder with some interference blue (which is white) on his chest. Joys of the Season for the leaves and misc. ornies from my stash.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Meeting the Pope






After Matt and I got married, he was transferred to Quantico, Virginia with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron. One of his first trips was when the Pope came to Colorado. He was flown around in the presidential helicopter, HMX-1. The Pope thanked them at the end of his trip and we received some gorgeous photos. I'm just now getting around to scrapping them :) I scrap out of order for sure, huh? :) Thank you so much to Heather for the gorgeous kit with Crate Paper and other pretty goodies she rounds up for us at 3 scrappy Boys :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Nifty New Ornament Shape









I gotta stay out of Hobby Lobby. Seriously. These cute little square bottles were too hard to resist. Rub-ons were ones from my stash by K&Co. They're still at Hobby Lobby. They're big rub-ons, but I just used little parts of them. Oh, and Santa needs to bring me a new pair of scissors for sure - kinda mangled some of the ribbon ends!

I Believe Ornament


A flat, round ornament. After making the glittery Christmas houses I had all the snow left over and thought this would be a good place for a little bit of it :)

Friday, December 5, 2008

We Adore You...






Loved my kit from 3 Scrappy Boys, full of lovely Crate paper and other little goodies. I made the flower with the Storybook cartridge and a book page for the outer petals, then kit cardstock for the inside petal. Crumbled them up and then embossed with a sparkly embossing powder and stamped with a swirl stamp and Staz-On. The scanner smushed poor Baby Sara's face, sigh.



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

3-D Scene Inside Clear Ornaments




I've always had this in my head for a few years, but never had the time to get it out :)

The ornament with the tiny "joy" banner came from Hobby Lobby. The second ornament with Emily sitting on the Christmas package came from Michaels. Hobby Lobby's were in the Christmas section, but the ones at Michaels were back in the regular section by the paints and mosaic things. They are clear plastic and break into two parts. I prefer the ones from Hobby Lobby, as they are thinner and do not have as much distortion of prism to them.

Stop by the Christmas section of the craft store where they have decorations for the mini trees and pick up whatever strikes your fancy. I used tiny trees, candy canes, gift boxes, snowflakes and such. Grab a bag of faux snow while you're at it :)

So here we go:
To get Emmie on the gift box, I needed to get an idea of what size image. Take a tiny gift box. Don't glue down, but place the gift inside the ball and guestimate how big your picture needs to be. You can place a ruler behind the ball to get an idea. My image of Em is 2.25" tall and about 2.5" wide at the longest points. Print and trim your photo.
For her angel wings, I did a Google search and found this lovely site, karenswhimsy.com - she had free images of wings. Use some wings from the scrap stash, stamp them or use feathers or iron-on appliques of butterflies, butterfly wings, whatever strikes your fancy. These wings I printed out onto a patterned paper, covered in glitter and then Stickled around the edge. They measure 1.25" x 1" each. Attach to your photo. I used a liquid adhesive for this.


For the ornament above, I placed Em on a tiny gift box. The ribbon has a touch of glue behind it to hold it up in front. The back of the photo is supported by a glue dot cut in half and placed as shown below:

Same idea for the tree, cut the glue dots so it stands straight inside the curve of the ball:
Arrange your little scene. I used hot glue to adhere everything inside, with pop/glue dots to make them even and stand up straight inside the curve of the ball where needed. It will look like this:



Add some snowflakes and close up the ball. I used a foam brush and Mod Podge on the top of the ball, then sprinkled with a course/chunky clear glitter on the top and sides.
Add the wire ornament hanger, tie a bow and add little beads, snowflakes and what have you to the bow. I used a foam brush and Mod Podge again on the edge of the ribbon for a snowy look.



For the ornament below, I used an iron-on applique of a butterfly from the craft store and made a tiny "joy" banner to hang inside. I used tiny Anna Griffin letter stickers from years ago. Placed the letters onto pink cardstock and cut a triangle. I backed that with green paper, then trimmed with small scallop scissors, then Stickled around as shown.
I then took a flat, thin ribbon and simply glued each banner piece to the ribbon. The ribbon was then attached to hang inside the ball with glue. The two glue spots were covered with the tiny yellow flowers.


The snowflakes are simply punched from glitter paper. The top one is bent a tiny bit and hung from the top of the ornament. The second large snowflake is glued a bit behind the tree to make it seem like it is standing on its own. The tiny candy canes are actually glued on their side to the tree, as they really aren't tall enough and would get buried in the "snow" if glued to the bottom of the ball.
So there you have it! Merry Christmas everyone :)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Glittery Christmas Houses and a new ornament

I hope everyone who requested a template has received it! If you haven't, let me know.
















So I bought a couple of these houses last year when I saw folks doing them. And then they sat. And sat. And sat. Finally got a chance and interest to do them! This one from Kat was fabulous and whimsical when I saw it last year, http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1256272 and Linda Albrecht's last year were so so pretty!
Anyway, poor DH is a neat freak and the girls and I were laughing as we were setting it up that he was going to be very nervous when he saw all the loose "snow" on the table...and sure enough, he was! But he loved it and said it was very pretty and that outweighed his nervousness of the dastardly loose snow :)
And then Emily in a little Christmas scene inside an ornament :)





It would be great if I could take a decent picture! Just not enough hours in a day to learn all there is to know about settings and lighting ... sigh.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sparkly Christmas Wall Hanging












Went by the store to pick up more stuff to make another stocking garland for a friend. Saw this cute stuff at two different stores and couldn't resist trying to make it come out of my head :) Thank you so much, Vicki, for the lovely RAK! Your chip tree and "Wish" are on here and I love them very much. You're a doll.
Have a great Thursday :)
Melissa

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Life at the Pole cuteness


Made this for a class this weekend at 3 Scrappy Boys crop. Of course, I can't get a good picture to save my life :) That line is super cute! The bows pull out journaling tags. Click on the images - the close-ups are better.









Monday, November 17, 2008

Tiny Holiday Wrapping Stuff







Made these for a crop class this coming weekend at 3 Scrappy Boys :) I'm looking forward to some fun with those girls this weekend! Come by for some scrapping, prizes, games and hanging with the girls!
Can't wait to make Jenn's planner.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Stocking Template

Someone suggested I put a template up for the stocking shape on my blog for those that don't have a Hobby Lobby near them. I'll be happy to make one, but since I'm a new blogger, I don't know how you guys would get it off the blog. :) So if you want a template of the stocking, leave me a note and I'll email it to you, okay? Unless someone has a better suggestion for this baby blogger!

Thanks for all the kind words, girls!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas garland/banner










It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I want to get started decorating a little earlier this year and make the season last :) I've never been inclined to make a garland before, but these wooden stockings with jingle bells were so cute! They needed to be on a garland.

It's on Sara's dresser mirror. She loved it when she came home from school today!

I'll post directions below.

Instructions for the Christmas Garland/Banner

Sorry, had to remove the pictures for publishing.

Supplies:

Approximately 9" long wired garland. Mine is made of pearls, but there are all kinds out there!

Wooden stocking with jingle bells. Mine are from Hobby Lobby

Patterned paper of your choice. I just used one sheet of green and one sheet of pink and green (Anna Griffin) and a little scrap of a red/pink polka dot from KI.

Chipboard letters to glitter, or already glittered letters.

Three wooden or chipboard snowflakes.

Red and silver glitter.

Mod Podge and spray sealer.

Stamp pad or chalk if desired for aging/edging.

Red and green tulle. Mine is white and came in a 5.5" wide roll. See tip below for painting tulle.

Thin wire. I used some from 100 years ago when I first started scrapping in my stash.

Cream satin ribbon. Mine is 3.65 m wide.

Six wired ball ornaments. I found them where they have the miniature or smaller scale decorations for Christmas trees.

Glue gun to attach snowflakes to stocking.





The wire pearl garland I found at Joanne's for two bucks. I twisted it around itself lengthwise three times to fit across Sara's mirror.

Unscrew the bells from the stocking. Trace the stocking shape onto pattern paper and cut them out. I adhered mine with Mod Podge, but you can just use whatever adhesive you like. Edge with a brown ink if you like. Reattach the jingle bells.



Cover wooden or chipboard snowflakes with silver glitter. My snowflakes came from Oriental Trading, but there are wooden ones at the craft store. Spray with a spray sealer to keep the glitter in place - works great.

I used the Storybook cartridge from Cricut for the "Ho Ho Ho" letters on the "shorty" setting. I used red cardstock then covered in red glitter and spray sealed.

These wooden stockings came with a little hole for hanging. But I didn't want it hanging too much at an angle, so I taped the wire as shown so it would hang a bit straighter:



It's thin wire, but I just ran it through the hole and across to the other side and secured with tape.

For the poofy netting behind the bows, I used four 8" long pieces of tulle behind each bow. My tulle came on a roll and is 5.5" wide. What I had on hand was white, so I just painted some red and some bright green. Just lay out a sheet of parchment paper or foil, paint the netting with acrylic paint with a foam brush, and you're good to go. Or buy it in the right color to begin with is even easier :) They have colored tulle on rolls and also in the fabric department on bolts. I've found more colored tulle on bolts than on the rolls.

Anyway, lay two red 8" pieces alternating with two green 8" pieces of tulle like in the picture below. You can secure with a bit of wire to make your poof now or wait until you have the bow and ball together and use the wire from the balls to secure the net to the garland. That's what I did.



With the wide satin cream ribbon, make a fat bow, but don't pull it tight yet. Run the wired balls up through the back of the knot of the bow, like this:



Well, the picture is dark and you have to look hard to see the wire poking through the knot.

Tighten the bow. Mine is about 3" wide when done.

Take the bow/ornament, gather up the layered tulle in the center and wrap the wire around the tulle and garland to secure all the pieces together.

This one is in Sara's room and she LOVES it! I'm going to make two more for friends and one for Emily's room. If you make one, let me know so I can see!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Getting in the spirit :)











My favorite photo ever of the girls is this one tiny little picture I have of them on Santa's lap. It's dark and blurry and I just love it anyway. I'm really missing them being that little! Through all of our moves, it keeps popping up here and there in my stuff. So after seeing these oh-so-cute October Afternoon goodies, I decided to finally make a page with it.

Christmas pictures and most papers don't inspire me that much, so I guess I just never scrapped it before now. But I so love the pinks and this shade of blue and green for Christmas stuff, I knew that little picture's time had come :) Throw in some glitter and I'm a happy girl.

I've got the new Sassafras Christmas line coming my way any day and can't wait to scrap some parties I threw for the girls and their friends making gingerbread houses :) Hurry, Sass, hurry!